Etbauer carving Linderman legacy

The Linderman Award is the most elusive accolade in professional rodeo. To be named America’s most talented “true” all-around cowboy, the winner has to make phenomenal rides on bucking broncs or bulls and rope or wrestle cattle with blazing speed.
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Here’s the scoop on the award, its namesake, and the American cowboy who was tops this year at all the skills that settled the American West:

• Award namesake Bill “The King” Linderman was a Hall-of-Famer who, in 1950, became the first cowboy to win world championships in three different rodeo events.

• Linderman was retired and serving his 14th year on the board of pro rodeo’s governing body, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, when he died in a 1965 plane crash.

• Founded in 1966, the Linderman Award is annually presented to the winningest cowboy who earns at least $1,000 in each of three events, including a roughstock and a timed event.

• This year’s winner, 28-year-old Trell Etbauer, is in his sixth year as a pro and hails from Goodwell, Okla., where he was an all-state high school football player.

• At 6’1” and 190 pounds, Etbauer sports the chiseled jaw and broad smile of a Hollywood Western star.

• Etbauer was born to be a bronc tamer. His dad is two-time world champion Robert Etbauer and his two uncles are five-time world champ Billy Etbauer and 10-time NFR qualifier Dan Etbauer.

• This season, Etbauer earned $41,684 in saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, and tie-down roping.

• Etbauer was the 2005 national collegiate champion steer wrestler while at Panhandle State University.

• In 2008, Etbauer became the first cowboy to win the Linderman so early in his career. Former winners include Hall-of-Fame cowboys Phil Lyne and Lewis Field.

• This marks the fourth win for Etbauer, who also won the Linderman in 2008–10.